You may have noticed the not-so-subtle nautical theme on this site. I believe that rivers and oceans give us great metaphors and insights for life. Experiences, emotions, sensations and events come at you in waves. Sometimes they are gentle swells, sometimes the waters are choppy, and then other times you get hit by a tsunami!
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat Zinn
I believe that therapy and personal growth happen best when we accept that waves and currents are a natural part of life on this planet. How we interpret and interact with them makes all the difference. When we can allow the ebb and flow without resisting, repressing, denying, distracting or escaping through unhealthy patterns or habits, we are free to explore our options, make healthy choices and commit to meaningful change.
My approach to therapy is holistic, integrating mind, body and spirit. In our sessions, we will address what's on your mind, but also pay attention to the wisdom and healing potential your body provides. I support my clients in practices such as self-compassion, healthy boundaries and soulfulness in daily life. My theoretical framework is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with trauma-informed, somatic awareness.
Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Studies Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Registered Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapist Trained in Embodiment Coaching Licensed School Counselor (1999-2005)
Special Interests I am a perpetual student, always learning, researching and expanding my knowledge and wisdom. I'm currently studying and gaining experience with embodied wellness approaches including Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi and Bioenergetics.
Additionally, I have developed an affinity for working with spiritual seekers and those who may be refining, questioning, deconstructing or reconstructing their faith orientation. I welcome clients of any faith orientation, and feel privileged to hold space for these sacred explorations.
Past Presentations and Offerings
"Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness" 16-hour training workshop, February, 2023
"On Board for 2022" online vision board workshop, 2022
“Sacred Connections" weekend retreats, 2021-2022
“Embodied Practices for a Balanced Workplace” small business staff training, 2021
“Managing Stress in Medical Practice During COVID Crisis” experiential presentation for dental practice staff, 2020
“Mindfulness 101” online seminar series offered for free during COVID crisis, 2020
“Mindful Smartphone Habits for Counselors and Adolescents” Virginia Counselor’s Association Annual Conference, 2019
“Mindfulness at Work; the Paradox of Productivity” presentation at bank staff training event, 2019
“Helping Children and Teens with Depression and Anxiety” The Parent Conference presentation, 2018
“Finding Your True North” One-day mindfulness retreats, 2018
A few of my favorite things...
Whether you work with me in counseling or participate in my offerings beyond the office, you’ll notice that I integrate my favorite things into my work.
Book recommendations, passages or quotes
Nerdy brain science tidbits or research findings
Music of all genres
Imagery, metaphors and symbolism
Online resources for further learning and practice
Guided relaxation and visualization
Physical movement - in your seat, standing up or moving around the room
“The wave is the signature of every experience of life. By understanding the nature of waves and their characteristics, and applying that understanding to our lives, we can navigate life with a little more grace.” ― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things - Navigating Everyday Life with Grace
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